Popular celebrity, Meghan Markle has come out to write an open letter to congress that advocates for paid family leave in the U.S. The letter was recently published on the website Paid Leave For All, and the world has been reacting.
According to her, she is advocating for paid leave because the pandemic led to millions of women dropping out of the workforce and staying home with their kids as schools and daycares were closed.
Meghan added that the working mom or parent is facing the conflict of being present or being paid and the sacrifice of either comes at a great cost.
Her words, “I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician. I am, like many, an engaged citizen and a parent. And because you and your congressional colleagues have a role in shaping family outcomes for generations to come, that’s why I’m writing to you at this deeply important time—as a mom—to advocate for paid leave.”
“Over the past 20 months, the pandemic has exposed long-existing fault lines in our communities. At an alarming rate, millions of women dropped out of the workforce, staying home with their kids as schools and daycares were closed, and looking after loved ones full-time.”
“The working mom or parent is facing the conflict of being present or being paid. The sacrifice of either comes at a great cost.”
“Like any parents, we were overjoyed. Like many parents, we were overwhelmed,” Markle wrote, recalling the moment she brought home her newborn daughter. “Like fewer parents, we weren’t confronted with the harsh reality of either spending those first few critical months with our baby or going back to work. We knew we could take her home, and in that vital (and sacred) stage, devote any and everything to our kids and to our family. We knew that by doing so we wouldn’t have to make impossible choices about childcare, work, and medical care that so many have to make every single day.”
“Many other countries have robust programs that give months of time for both parents (birth or adoptive) to be home with their child. The United States, in stark contrast, does not federally guarantee any person a single day of paid leave. And fewer than one in four workers has dedicated paid family leave through their employer. I’m sure you agree that if we are to continue to be exceptional, then we can’t be the exception.”
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